At the end of September two families from Hitchin spent an afternoon in the picturesque village of Preston at the kind invitation of deputy lord-lieutenants, Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson.
After hearing a presentation about our charity, Joyce and Richard decided to extend their own welcome to two refugee families who live locally to them.
The families’ visit included a walk through the village to the school, where a game of football had been arranged with some local residents. Afterwards, the families were invited for tea and cakes at the home of the deputy lord-lieutenants.
Everyone really appreciated the afternoon out, as well as the kindness of our new supporters.
We’re delighted to announce that Herts Welcomes Syrian Families will now be known as Herts Welcomes Refugees.
We are now helping refugees who come to Hertfordshire from all over the world, and we wanted to have a more inclusive name to reflect our work.
Last Thursday, our members voted on this change and the motion was passed.
For the time being, we are keeping our website domain and our e-mail addresses. You can still donate via our website or Virgin Money Giving, however we ask that cheques now be made out to ‘Herts Welcomes Refugees’. We will let you know about any other changes soon!
Thank you for your support!
Photo credit: Dan Jones
Last night, Herts Welcomes Refugees received much-needed pledges of £4,700 to support and develop our Language Support and Befriender Network. This was part of The Funding Network’s crowdfunding event, which let our charity pitch alongside two other worthy charities: Herts Inclusive Theatre and Dacorum Community Trust.
An amazing £14,000 was raised in total for the three charities.
Our chair, Irene Austin, and our Dacorum Convenor, Kate Scott, gave a presentation about our organisation and its growing volunteer network. While Iman, a Syrian refugee, spoke movingly about the volunteer who’d helped her to improve her English.
We were so pleased with the outpouring of support, which exceeded our expectations. With gift aid the amount may reach £5,000 - a fantastic result!
The film, Suspended, made in conjunction with Herts Welcomes Syrian Families is now available to watch!
To find out more about the filmmakers, you can read our interview here: https://www.hwsf.org.uk/news/filming-a-refugees-story